Initiatives from five continents win Guangzhou Awards
One city per continent emerged as winners of the 2014 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation, selected by a jury and announced in Guangzhou, China on November 28.
The five cities were selected after public presentations by 15 finalist cities. Those cities had been selected from more than 200 submissions by an international technical committee that met in Guangzhou in September. Citiscope previously reported on the technical committee deliberations, background on Guangzhou city, and each of the 15 finalist city submissions.
The five winners are:
Five cities win 2014 Guangzhou Awards
In comments at the award ceremony, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said: “This is far better than the Oscar! This is about real life. This is about changing people’s life.”
Members of the Jury for the 2014 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation
Mr. Lin Yifu, Economist, former Senior Vice President of the World Bank, former Director of the China Center for Economic Research and Professor of Peking University
Mr. Marcelo Ebrard, former Chairman of the Global Network of Safer Cities, UN-Habitat; former Mayor of Mexico City, Mexico
Ms. Thelma Awori, former Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations; former Director of Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Jordi Hereu, External Advisor of the Inter-American Develompent Bank on Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative; Former Mayor of Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Jatin Modi, President of All India Institute of Local Self Government; Former President of UCLG ASPAC; Former Mayor of Baroda, India
Ms. Ana Maria Rodriguez, Manager of Institutions for Development Department, Inter-American Development Bank
Mr. John So, Former Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia; Officer of the Order of Australia